Fields of Light – an exhibition by Fiona Grady
“The strokes that you see hold the memory of the order and manner in which an exchange has taken place, just as the sticky trail of snails or the match struck against the box leaves their traces. They represent nothing. They duplicate and materialize what time renders invisible in a space which is not its own.” *
Fiona Grady creates site-specific wall drawings using systems of dispersing geometric shapes. Her practice recognises the relationship between architecture, installation art and decoration, often introducing traditional artistic techniques to a modern context. For her solo show ‘Fields of Light’, Barbican Arts Trust has invited her to create a new body of work that interacts with their Atrium space. She will be installing a large new wall drawing in the entrance that will play with light, surface and scale. Adjacent to the main windows, the piece will reflect the changing light of day, setting in place a motion that will emphasize the passing of time and the ephemeral nature of the work. This intervention will invite the viewer to observe the room’s light and engage with aspects of the room in which it is formed: the space, the architectural features.
The exhibition will also include a series of complementary works on paper that explore how an artist can visually express passing time. Using the medium of printmaking, Grady’s prints map light, imagining the shadows that the light casts as it shifts throughout the day. They allow the method to take control of the image; each printed layer transplants traces of previous marks and indicate the transient nature of the subject matter.
Fiona Grady has been selected for several printmaking prizes including Clifford Chance’s survey of MA printmaking 2011 and Bainbridge Open 2013. In 2012 she was invited to create an artwork for Deptford Rail Station’s concourse and most recently was commissioned to make a wall drawing in Leeds Town Hall, as part of Light Night 2013. Her work is owned in private and public collections.
She lives and works in London.
* Painter Bernard Frize describes the process of painting
Frize, B. (1999) Size Matters. Nimes: Actes Sud, page 159